Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Wednesday Series: Scaredy Cat (#1 of 4)





































I had a conversation with my agent a few weeks ago about portfolios, and how it was good to include pieces that show a narrative (like the flying pigs.) She said many times an editor will like a single piece, but will ask-- "what happens next?" Because, of course, they want to see if an artist can sustain a look and a character and tell a visual story.

Good to be reminded of this.

Right now I'm working on black and white pieces that could be suitable for early or young-adult chapter books. Remember this sketch from a while back? I always liked it and wanted to rework it into something more... so here goes...

(And here's a great post about what one particular editor likes to see in a portfolio.)

9 comments:

Gina Perry said...

Very nice. It's a very unique look for b&w and it still reads as 'your' style.

MayY . C 五月媽媽 said...

Thanks for sharing this the tips!
I like this sketche a lot because you added round dots compare with the old sketched. I can hear the crack sound, make it more scary... ya?

Tom Barrett said...

Like the new tree, Jennifer. And thanks for the link to the post about portfolios. Most helpful!

Jennifer said...

Thanks, Gina! I was wondering about that.

Thanks Mayy-- a little scary is good, I hope!

And thanks, Tom. Glad you found the link helpful. I've seen a bunch of people linking to it around the blogosphere-- she's got some good points to think about.

Diana Evans said...

lovely work and what a great tip on adding pieces to our portfolios...I feel like I have been away for ages....

Jess said...

Thanks so much for the links on portfolio advice. I've been an exhibitiing painter for a while but when it comes to illustration I feel like a beginner! I love trees and the shapes of this one is lovely! :)

Jennifer said...

Thanks, Diana! I hope you are doing well. :-)

And thanks, Jess! I'm sure your painting experience would be a great benefit with the illustration.

Alicia Padrón said...

Beautiful tree Jennifer!!! I'm going to read the link now :o)

Jennifer said...

Thanks, Alicia!